From the Archives: Out country star Beccy Cole

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Australian country singer Beccy Cole still gets positive feedback from her 2012 coming-out episode of ABC’s Australian Story.

In 2015, QNews interviewed out country star Beccy Cole. In 2023, with 11 Golden Guitars to her name, Beccy Cole remains a proud adornment to Australian music and the LGBTQIA+ community.

First published April 17, 2015 by Jordan Hirst.

Update by Destiny Rogers December 30, 2023.

The original 2016 article

“I think the level of acceptance has been such that I just felt like I was given a great big regional hug!” she told QNews.

At the time, Beccy said she wanted to set a positive example to her then-13-year-old son Ricky.

“I think I might’ve struck a chord with some people in our community in our regional areas who perhaps hadn’t had somebody put up their hand, or feel like they have a community.

“I’ve said this many times but being gay doesn’t just choose people that live in the cities. Someone who grows up in a small town or a station in the outback might not feel they have anyone to talk to.

“The bulk of my audience is in regional Australia where I’ve been travelling for 20 odd years. When one of their favourite singers puts their hand up and says ‘I’m gay,’ and explains what that means, I think it may have made it easier for some.”

Beccy Cole jamming with her 79-year-old mum, uncle, and son in 2023.

Three years after that glimpse into the nine-time Golden Guitar winner’s life, she’s releasing her memoir, titled Poster Girl, and an accompanying album Sweet Rebecca.

To write the book, Beccy locked herself away in a beach shack with diaries, photographs, and her memories.

“I’m absolutely glad I did it. It was harrowing at times because I’m pretty honest in it.

“I think if you’re only going to write all the fluffy stuff then people won’t be interested. You’ve got to say everything that has happened with honesty and not leave any of the juicy bits out.”

The accompanying album, Beccy’s tenth, wasn’t initially planned but came together easily “after writing 85,000 words that didn’t rhyme,” she laughs.

Knowing what she knows now, what would Beccy say to Sweet Rebecca, her younger self?

“I was looking for photographs for the book, and I found this one of me when I was this tiny kid who just looked so sweet! I just wanted to warn her!

“We could probably all have a few words with our child selves. After looking back at my life to write the book I realised that you can’t change anything nor would I want to, if I went back.”

It’s All About Love

Last year Beccy guested on John Williamson’s equal love anthem It’s All About Love. The track got them a finalist spot in the Country Music Awards of Australia’s Vocal Collaboration of the Year category.

“I was so proud. I’ve always been such a big fan of John. For him to recognise that as an issue and for someone like him to shine a light on it in that way was just really lovely. Obviously it’s a matter that meant a lot to me.

“I have a partner and we’re on the road together and there’s a big part of me in that song lyrically as well.”

Beccy has only just wrapped up a string of inland shows with Melinda Schneider, performing their 2014 covers album Great Women of Country, but Beccy said she can’t wait to tour her new material.

“We’ll be hitting the road with Sweet Rebecca and the book for pretty much the rest of this year. I haven’t stopped!

“People say, ‘How long’s this tour been?’ and I say ‘20 years!’ I do love it and I always have. It’s what I was born to do.”

Beccy Cole – Lioness

We can’t get ourselves enough Beccy:

How Beccy Cole proposed to Libby O’Donovan.

Tamworth Country Music Festival’s first Pride float.

Country music star Beccy Cole awarded OAM on Queen’s Birthday.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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